Plastic Machining with Ultem Plastic

Pete Poodiack, VP of Sales and Marketing at Controlled Fluidics, talks about ULTEM plastic and what makes it a popular material for plastic machining and fabrication.

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Welcome. In this video, we're going to talk about Ultem.

Ultem is a great material for structural components that require strength and rigidity at elevated temperatures not suitable for other plastics.

It's flame resistant, and it has high electrical insulation. It offers great performance at elevated temperatures. In fact, it can perform continuously at temperatures up to 340 degrees Fahrenheit. It's hydrolysis resistant, resistant to acidic solutions, UV-stable, and FDA-compliant.

All of these great benefits make Ultem the ideal material for a wide range of applications.

For instance, it can tolerate repeated steam sterilizations, which makes it great for reusable medical devices. Ultem's arc resistance makes it popular for electronic applications such as insulators, that need to be able to handle consistent dielectric properties over a wide range of different frequencies.

Other popular applications with Ultem include medical devices, aircraft components, automotive components, and food processing equipment.

At Controlled Fluidics, we work with Ultem 1000 plates that range from a tenth of an inch to 3 inches thick. If you need a thicker plate, Ultem 2300 ranges from a quarter of an inch to four inches thick. Ultem 1000 also comes in rods with up to 4-inch diameters, while Ultum 2300 rods are up to 3 inches in diameter.

This only covers the basics. Learn more about Ultem Plastic on our materials page.